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Radio is dead? Don’t tell these guys then…

WXHC in Homer, New York will never be listed on the NY Stock Exchange. Is that bad?

WXHC, Homer, New York

WXHC, Homer, New York

They don’t think so. A small class A FM station, one of many that signed on in the early 1990’s as part of the 80-90 drop ins (FCC docket 80-90, for those unfamiliar). Many of these stations did not fair too well and ended up being absorbed by larger stations and groups starting with the first wave of ownership deregulation in 1993.

WHXC has remained under the same ownership since it signed on in 1991. Eves Broadcasting is a family operation, employing maybe half a dozen people. Their studios and offices are on the third floor of the Bank of Niagara right in the center of town.  The facility is very nice.  Like any successful radio station, their focus is the community they serve. The format is “Oldies” but they also broadcast high school football, Syracuse sports and so on. They host a yearly Blue Grass festival on the village green.

WXHC air studio

WXHC air studio

The air studio has an Arrakis console and uses BSI Simian automation software. They have live DJ’s from 6am to 6pm, local news, weather, sports, etc.

WXHC production room console

WXHC production room console

The production room has a BE Spotmaster 8S200A console from 1978. Aside from needing some power supply capacitors, it still works relatively well.  However, as the owner’s son said; that thing belongs in a museum.

BE Spotmaster line input card

BE Spotmaster line input card

BE Spotmaster line input card. Probably can still get all these parts if we wanted to.

I forgot to take pictures of the transmitter site when I was there.  Next time.

We will be working on several projects for these folks, so I will keep  you posted on the progress.

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6 comments to Radio is dead? Don’t tell these guys then…

  • Lorne

    That Arrakis brings back memories. I know where there is one of those same model consoles sitting in a storage closet.

  • Lowell

    The Spotmaster will outlast the Arrakis, and probably has less bleed and cross-talk.

  • Mark Mueller

    Those who know how to do radio are still out there doing it, unlike those who know how to bleed businesses dry.

    Guess which one these guys are? 😉

    Amid all the jabbering about how radio is dead, hundreds of these live and local stations are still out there, serving their communities by being part of them, every day.

  • Les D.

    So refreshing to see a successful station serving LOCAL listeners. This is what radio was and should still be about. Cudos to the owners and staff, with best of luck for continued success. Have to agree, though, the BE/Spotmaster should take its rightful place in a museum. However, if it’s still doing its job after so many years, outstanding!!

  • Chuck Gennaro

    I bet they are successful at selling without having to lean on Nielsen/Arbitron too.
    That’s the early version Spotmaster input card, the later version had blue jumpers.
    It’ll outlive us all, I’d bet on it.

  • Paul Thurst

    Nielsen? Arbitron? Who are they? It is an unrated market. BTW, the other comment on the Spotmaster console: “I like to use it for productions, it has a better sound than the other console.”

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